Lifelines are needed when someone is in danger of drowning. If they could save themselves they wouldn’t need the lifeline. Lifelines are needed for the Christians in America. Some unseen idols are pulling us down. I’ll bet you don’t think YOU need the lifeline. I hope you’re right, but…
Lifelines: American Idolatry
I ran across the following piece in some of my reading. It should challenge you and hopefully ‘open the eyes of your heart’ to the seduction many have suffered. The author didn’t really explain part of the reason we have this particular idolatry problem.
Jesus said we, His followers, are supposed to be Salt and Light. Salt and Light change the things with which they come into contact. In far too many ways, the Church has failed to change the culture surrounding it. Worse, we have a pretty good history of bringing the outside culture inside the Church. And that is the how we have arrived at the author’s observations! Enjoy the read, and if you see lifelines in it (you should!) then grab hold and get out!
Soli Deo Gloria!
The Greatest False Idol of Modern Christianity
Idolatry is a horrible, dangerous thing.
Sadly, far too many of us are guilty of it.
You can see it in the way we complain on social media, in the way we comment on the news of the day; in the defeatist, alarmist language that we use to describe the world.
You see it in the way we furrow our brows, and throw up our hands and slam our pulpits.
It shows up in the lazy stereotypes and the religious rhetoric that flows so easily in church lobby coffee chats and extremist blog rants. It’s as if everything has now become an imminent threat: Muslims, Atheists, Gays, The President, inner-city criminals, Hollywood, illegal immigrants, The Government, school hallways.
The world outside the church building is broadly painted as a vile, immoral war zone, with “God’s people” hopelessly outnumbered and outgunned.
Parroting the politicized talk show hosts and reposting the latest terrible news stories, we perpetuate the now comfortable, Evangelical Christian narrative of impending destruction, and we make it clear at every opportunity: The sky is falling.
Though we will loudly, repeatedly and confidently proclaim Christ as Lord, in reality, many of us no longer practice faith in a God that has any real power, any true control or inherent God-ness. We seem to have little more than a neutered figurehead Deity, who doesn’t seem to be able to handle much at all anymore. He’s lost His Old Testament swagger.
The truth is, Fear has become a false God, one too many of us worship with complete and undying devotion.
Dig just beneath the sunny “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Bible covers, and the “God’s judgment is coming” bullhorn warnings and you’ll find that much of America has imagined a powerless God who’s mostly just keeping Heaven tidy until all the Christians get there. (READ MORE)